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The Blueskye Report, October 2016: Jane Lynch, KISS, Alice Cooper, Clint Black—and Tons More!

The Blueskye Report, October 2016: Jane Lynch, KISS, Alice Cooper, Clint Black—and Tons More!

Desert Trip. Desert Daze. The Joshua Tree Music Festival. Alice Cooper. Clint Black.

Welcome to the start of season, folks: It’s a blissfully crazy music month here in the Coachella...

Community Voices: The Election of 1856 Has Striking Similarities to This Year’s Presidential Contest

Community Voices: The Election of 1856 Has Striking Similarities to This Year’s Presidential Contest

As we stagger through this year’s presidential campaign, it might help to look back at the election of 1856, when, for the first time, the West yielded a presidential candidate.

His...

One Helluva Team: Antoine Fuqua's 'Magnificent Seven' Is a Violent yet Worthy Remake

One Helluva Team: Antoine Fuqua's 'Magnificent Seven' Is a Violent yet Worthy Remake

Director Antoine Fuqua’s remake of The Magnificent Seven (which itself was a remake of Seven Samurai ) has enough in common with the Yul Brynner/Steve McQueen original to make it feel ...

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Sept. 29, 2016!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Sept. 29, 2016!

On this week's stamina-laden weekly Independent comics page: Jen Sorenson talks to someone who is NOT with Hillary; The K Chronicles analyzes Donald Trump's debate excuses; This Mode...

A Note From the Editor: Introducing Palm Springs Craft Cocktail Week

A Note From the Editor: Introducing Palm Springs Craft Cocktail Week

October has always been a special month for us here at the Coachella Valley Independent , because it was in October three years ago that we moved from a quarterly print schedule to b...

October Astronomy: The Month Features Rendezvousing Planets, a Special Crescent Moon and Meteors From Halley's Comet

October Astronomy: The Month Features Rendezvousing Planets, a Special Crescent Moon and Meteors From Halley's Comet

On Thursday morning, Sept. 29, a beautiful sight will reward early risers who go out to enjoy the brightening dawn 45 minutes to an hour before sunrise: About 5:45 a.m. in the Coac...

True TV: 'Marvel's Luke Cage' Is Another Winner; 'Westworld' Transcends Its Cheesy Origins

True TV: 'Marvel's Luke Cage' Is Another Winner; 'Westworld' Transcends Its Cheesy Origins

Marvel’s Luke Cage (Friday, Sept. 30, Netflix), series debut: No, I don’t know what the Netflix/Marvel release schedule is anymore, either, but here are  Luke Cage ; Iron Fist, The Pun...

News

October Astronomy: The Month Features Rendezvousing Planets, a Special Crescent Moon and Meteors From Halley's Comet

October Astronomy: The Month Features Rendezvousing Planets, a Special Crescent Moon and Meteors From Halley's Comet

Wednesday, September 28, 2016  |  Robert Victor

On Thursday morning, Sept. 29, a beautiful sight will reward early risers who go out to enjoy the brightening dawn 45 minutes to an hour before sunrise: About 5:45 a.m. in the Coachella Valley that morning, very low, almost directly east, a slender, crescent old moon will be suspended just 2 degrees...

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The Problems in Palm Desert: The City Council Candidates Many Not Agree on All Issues—but All Support Measure T

The Problems in Palm Desert: The City Council Candidates Many Not Agree on All Issues—but All Support Measure T

Tuesday, September 27, 2016  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

All five candidates for the three Palm Desert City Council seats up for election this year, not surprisingly, say they’re proud of their mid-valley city.

All agree that the city’s wide roads, pleasant parks, good schools and upscale neighborhoods are virtues that continue to make Palm Desert an attra...

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Cathedral City Concerns: While Mayor Stan Henry Runs Unopposed, Two Incumbent City Council Members Face a Challenger

Cathedral City Concerns: While Mayor Stan Henry Runs Unopposed, Two Incumbent City Council Members Face a Challenger

Monday, September 26, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

Cathedral City has faced some tough times in recent years.

Developers have broken promises. Redevelopment in the downtown area, along Highway 111, has seen ups and downs.

These are just a couple of the issues Cathedral City’s City Council is dealing with as the November election approaches. Mayor Stan...

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Opinion

Community Voices: The Election of 1856 Has Striking Similarities to This Year’s Presidential Contest

Community Voices: The Election of 1856 Has Striking Similarities to This Year’s Presidential Contest

Friday, September 30, 2016  |  Allen Best

As we stagger through this year’s presidential campaign, it might help to look back at the election of 1856, when, for the first time, the West yielded a presidential candidate.

His name was John Charles Frémont, and he was a big name in his day. He still is: From Colorado to California, we have rive...

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The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Sept. 29, 2016!

The Weekly Independent Comics Page for Sept. 29, 2016!

Thursday, September 29, 2016  |  Staff

On this week's stamina-laden weekly Independent comics page: Jen Sorenson talks to someone who is NOT with Hillary; The K Chronicles analyzes Donald Trump's debate excuses; This Modern World ponders the eternal optimism of Trump supporters; and Red Meat enjoys the moonlight.

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A Note From the Editor: Introducing Palm Springs Craft Cocktail Week

A Note From the Editor: Introducing Palm Springs Craft Cocktail Week

Wednesday, September 28, 2016  |  Jimmy Boegle

October has always been a special month for us here at the Coachella Valley Independent , because it was in October three years ago that we moved from a quarterly print schedule to become a monthly in print.

Well, now it’s time for us to take another big step: The Coachella Valley Independent will spend ...

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Arts and Culture

A Comedy-Splashed Look: Desert Rose Kicks Off the New Theater Season With 'Poz'

A Comedy-Splashed Look: Desert Rose Kicks Off the New Theater Season With 'Poz'

Saturday, October 01, 2016  |  Valerie-Jean (VJ) Hume

It’s autumn, and again, the theater season begins. How auspicious that the beginning of our fourth season of theater reviews coincides with the opening of the fifth season of plays by the fabulously successful Desert Rose Playhouse.

With all the doom-sayers proclaiming that live theater is dead, and ...

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Western Lit: On This 20th Anniversary of Tupac's Death, an Important New Book Takes a Gritty Look at SoCal Hip-Hop

Western Lit: On This 20th Anniversary of Tupac's Death, an Important New Book Takes a Gritty Look at SoCal Hip-Hop

Tuesday, September 13, 2016  |  Chris Faraone

It’s clear that many pop-culture fanatics like for the legacies of their heroes to be scrubbed and romanticized. For proof, you needn’t look much further than most biopics and TV shows about the entertainment business, in which character flaws may occasionally factor in, but are typically eclipsed b...

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People and the Land: A New Exhibit at the Palm Springs Art Museum Tells Inherently 'Western Stories'

People and the Land: A New Exhibit at the Palm Springs Art Museum Tells Inherently 'Western Stories'

Monday, September 12, 2016  |  Nicole Borgenicht

Western Stories is a simple yet perfect title for the newest exhibit at the Palm Springs Art Museum.

The show, which will be on display through Sept. 4 of next year, references historical relationships between people and the land. The works move us away a bit from our preconceived notions of the West—...

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Movies & TV

One Helluva Team: Antoine Fuqua's 'Magnificent Seven' Is a Violent yet Worthy Remake

One Helluva Team: Antoine Fuqua's 'Magnificent Seven' Is a Violent yet Worthy Remake

Thursday, September 29, 2016  |  Bob Grimm

Director Antoine Fuqua’s remake of The Magnificent Seven (which itself was a remake of Seven Samurai ) has enough in common with the Yul Brynner/Steve McQueen original to make it feel like a re-telling of the classic story. It also contains enough departures from the original to make it feel like a fres...

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Familiar and Familial: A Strong Cast and Realistic Spins on Situations Elevate 'The Hollars'

Familiar and Familial: A Strong Cast and Realistic Spins on Situations Elevate 'The Hollars'

Thursday, September 29, 2016  |  Bob Grimm

Actor John Krasinski’s second directorial effort is a decent film with a first-rate cast. Krasinski stars in The Hollars as John Hollar, a man working a dead-end job for a publishing company when his girlfriend (the always-great Anna Kendrick) informs him his mom (a terrific Margo Martindale) is sick—...

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True TV: 'Marvel's Luke Cage' Is Another Winner; 'Westworld' Transcends Its Cheesy Origins

True TV: 'Marvel's Luke Cage' Is Another Winner; 'Westworld' Transcends Its Cheesy Origins

Wednesday, September 28, 2016  |  Bill Frost

Marvel’s Luke Cage (Friday, Sept. 30, Netflix), series debut: No, I don’t know what the Netflix/Marvel release schedule is anymore, either, but here are  Luke Cage ; Iron Fist, The Punisher , more Daredevil and Jessica Jones , and the long-teased Defenders will show up eventually. Luke “Power Man” Cage (Mike C...

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Music

The Blueskye Report, October 2016: Jane Lynch, KISS, Alice Cooper, Clint Black—and Tons More!

The Blueskye Report, October 2016: Jane Lynch, KISS, Alice Cooper, Clint Black—and Tons More!

Friday, September 30, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

Desert Trip. Desert Daze. The Joshua Tree Music Festival. Alice Cooper. Clint Black.

Welcome to the start of season, folks: It’s a blissfully crazy music month here in the Coachella Valley.

The McCallum Theatre is up and running for the 2016-2017 season. It all begins at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15 , with...

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Can't Quit You: Josh Haden, Promoting the Newest Record by Spain, Says Music Is in His DNA

Can't Quit You: Josh Haden, Promoting the Newest Record by Spain, Says Music Is in His DNA

Tuesday, September 27, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

In the 1990s, the band Spain enjoyed a taste of mainstream success.

However, as the music industry began its massive shift after the dawn of the new millennium, frontman Josh Haden felt creatively spent, which led to a hiatus. However, Spain was not done: Haden would later revive the band, with all n...

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The Lucky 13: Derek Timmons, Bassist for Sleazy Cortez and Death in Pretty Wrapping

The Lucky 13: Derek Timmons, Bassist for Sleazy Cortez and Death in Pretty Wrapping

Friday, September 23, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

Derek Timmons is well-known in the local music scene for his time with Robotic Humans, but he’s now playing bass in Sleazy Cortez with Nick Hales and Robotic Humans drummer Luiz Carranza. He also performs with the newly formed Death in Pretty Wrapping, with Michael Keeth and House of Broken Promises...

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Food and Drink

Restaurant News Bites: Acqua California Bistro Coming to The River; Get a Taste of Palm Springs; and Tons More!

Restaurant News Bites: Acqua California Bistro Coming to The River; Get a Taste of Palm Springs; and Tons More!

Monday, September 26, 2016  |  Jimmy Boegle

Everything Old Is New Again: Acqua California Bistro to Open at The River

When Acqua Pazza California Bistro closed at The River back in December 2014, owner Jerry Keller told the local daily that he was ending Acqua Pazza’s 10-year run because his lease was up, and he had decided it was time for him...

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The Indy Endorsement: The Strawberry and Cream Paleta at La Michoacana Ice Cream Parlor

The Indy Endorsement: The Strawberry and Cream Paleta at La Michoacana Ice Cream Parlor

Friday, September 23, 2016  |  Jimmy Boegle

What: The Strawberry and Cream Popsicle

Where: La Michoacana Ice Cream Parlor, 27765 Landau Blvd., No. 106, Cathedral City

How much: $2.39

Contact: 760-507-8477

Why: It’s tart and sweet.

Not too long ago, I was at a party. It was a poolside potluck sort of affair, and a couple of gents arrived with a plastic ...

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The Beer Goddess: Scenes From the Second Annual California Craft Beer Summit

The Beer Goddess: Scenes From the Second Annual California Craft Beer Summit

Tuesday, September 20, 2016  |  Erin Peters

“There are 4,700 breweries in the U.S., and 10,000 wineries. There’s room to grow.” —David Walker, Firestone Walker Brewing

The craft-beer movement has reached nearly every nook and cranny of the Golden State: Some 80 percent of Californians live within five miles of a craft brewery—including the vas...

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